Otaki Forks short walks
Pest control operation
An aerial drop of bait pellets containing the toxin sodium fluoroacetate (1080) will be carried out by helicopter in this area of the Tararua Forest Park during December 2013.
- Supervise children at all times
- Do not handle any bait
- Do not bring dogs into the area
- Do not handle or eat animals from this area
- Hunters must heed all restrictions included in their hunting permits and the pesticide summary, including not taking animals for consumption
Warning signs will be placed at all main access points to the operational area and in huts within or on the boundary of the area. Visitors entering this area are required to observe the cautions and follow the advice provided on these signs. The signs will be removed when they are no longer required.
Reviewed: 22 April 2014. Valid until further notice.
40 min – 2 hr depending on route
There are a number of easy short walks around the forks.
The Arcus Loop commemorates the Arcus family who farmed the Otaki Forks locality from the 1930’s. The walk begins on Boielle Flat and crosses the Waiotauru River footbridge, then works its way across the river terraces and gullies as it climbs to join the Field Track, taking 50 min return. There are good views of the campground and river.
The Fenceline Loop is a 1.5 – 2 hr return trip that passes through regenerating forest above the campground and gives some good views of the Waiotauru Valley. The track crosses a slip 10 minutes from the carpark, care should be taken in this area.
The Waiotauru Walk is an easy 40 min return walk from the Waiotauru carpark up-valley to the site and relics of Seed and O’Brien’s sawmill.
Otaki Forks is 19 km inland from Otaki township – approx. 1½ hour drive from Wellington or Palmerston North. The easiest turn-off from State Highway 1 is at Otaki Gorge Road, just south of the State Highway 1 bridge over the Otaki River. The last 5 km of the Otaki Gorge Road is unsealed, narrow and windy – please drive carefully.